Sykes’ Quintessential British Towns

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For this blog post, we wanted to find the most quintessentially British places in the country and share them with you. However, this was no easy task, after all, what actually makes a place quintessentially British? Is it quaint little streets or rolling hills? Red telephone boxes or cosy tea rooms? Seafront piers or fish and chips? See it’s not all that easy, but here’s what we’ve come up with.

Rye, East Sussex

Rye

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First up we’ve got Rye in East Sussex. A sleepy little town right down by the south coast, Rye is famous for its cobbled streets and the Mermaid Inn, once the haunt of highwaymen and notorious smuggling group, the Hawkshead Gang. If you plan to visit Rye, make sure you go up the tower of the Church of St Mary in order to experience the stunning panoramas over the town and its neighbouring nature reserve.

Bibury, Gloucestershire

Bibury

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It would have been impossible to put this list together without including at least one of the Cotswolds charming villages, and so here we have Bibury, an ancient village situated on the River Coln. Dubbed “the most beautiful village in England” by famous  19th Century Artist William Morris,  if you’re ever in Bibury, remember to have a look at Arlington Row, a group of beautiful cottages dating back hundreds of years.

Polperro, Cornwall

Polperro

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Polperro is one of the gems of the Cornish coast. Made up almost exclusively of cottages built by the fisherman of days gone by, the town retains much of its old charm in spite of the large number of people who flock there each year. Be sure to pay a visit to the Polperro Heritage Museum where you can learn all about Polperro’s past, from the humble fishermen to the infamous smugglers

Clevedon, Somerset

If you’re after a traditional seaside town, Clevedon is the spot for you. With the oldest surviving example of a Victorian pier (it was opened way back in 1869), ornamental gardens, a bandstand and even donkey rides, you can’t get much more quintessentially British! If you think you recognise the town then it will most likely be from the hit ITV show Broadchurch, where it featured as one of the main filming locations.

Haworth, West Yorkshire

Haworth

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Alternatively, if you’re holidaying up north, then Howarth is the place for you! Tucked away amongst the South Pennines, Haworth is best known for its affiliation with the Brontes, who used to call the town home. Make sure you have a look at our very own guide to the perfect day trip if you’re ever planning an excursion there!

Edale, Derbyshire

Edale

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Finally we’ve got Edale, a traditional escape from the industrial centres of Manchester and Sheffield. Edale is situated at the starting point of the famous Pennine Way, making it a haven for walkers, cyclists and other folk with a penchant for the great outdoors. Couple this with Edale’s  plentiful choice of pubs and eateries, and there are few places better for enjoying a taste of the British countryside.

Hopefully you agree with our choices but if you have any suggestions then do let us know, either on Twitter or Facebook.  Alternatively, if reading this has got you in the mood for a little break in a quiet British town, have a look at our traditional cottages- I’m sure you’ll be able to find something to your liking!

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Jamie Tomkins

By Jamie Tomkins

Jamie is a big fan of long weekend walks with the dog, especially when there is the chance to refuel with lunch in a country pub. Living in Lancaster for three years gave him the perfect opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lake District.

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